Mike joined Carbon Tracker in 2019, and is currently focussing on identifying transition risk within the oil and gas industry as the global energy system evolves. He has co-authored reports to assess impacts at the company level, including Breaking the Habit and Balancing the Budget, alongside writing on company climate ambitions in Absolute Impact. Other research themes include executive remuneration and verification of company actions.
Prior to joining Carbon Tracker, Mike worked as a geologist for BP for 10 years on projects across the upstream, from early access to development. Mike has experience working in petroleum basins across the world, including time spent working in Norway, with expertise in unconventional exploration and in leading technical project teams.
Mike has an MA and MSci in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, is a Chartered Geologist (CGeol), and is a member of the CFA Institute.
Madeleine is the environment reporter for the i paper, reporting on nature and climate issues for the paper and online. Prior to that, she spent four years at BusinessGreen, covering the growth of the green economy in the UK and beyond. Madeleine has spent three years as a trend forecaster for Stylus, specialising in consumer attitudes to sustainability.
Munish Datta is passionate about the crucial role every sector of society - government, business, civic - must play to create a truly sustainable world. As director of membership & operations at UK Green Building Council, he is responsible for leading the organisations membership strategy and enabling the delivery of its mission to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment. As Senior Associate, faculty & tutor at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership he empowers senior business leaders & organisations to tackle critical global challenges. Formerly, Munish led cross business teams to design and deliver Marks & Spencer’s multi award winning, globally renowned sustainability strategy (Plan A) for its 1000+ buildings property portfolio. He is a start-up advisor, member of the UK Government BEIS ‘Green Construction Board’, Governor of the Stephen Perse family of schools & trustee of Rama Foundation, a charity building the capacities and skills of disadvantaged communities.
James leads the CBI’s Energy & Climate Change team, supporting policy development and campaigns, and speaking on behalf of the CBI and its members. His work included leading the CBI’s campaigning for a UK net-zero emissions target and developing the CBI’s The Low-Carbon 2020s – a Decade of Delivery report.
He joined the CBI in early 2019 from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders where he helped shape the political engagement on Brexit, the switch to low-emission vehicles and the future of diesel. Prior to this he worked in a variety of roles at EDF Energy covering public affairs, media relations and corporate communications. Central to this was political and media engagement surrounding the Final Investment Decision and Government approval for the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power plant in 2017. James also supported efforts to secure life extensions for existing UK nuclear power stations, access to Contracts for Difference auctions for remote island wind projects, and the future of carbon pricing. James has also worked with a range of businesses in several consultancy roles, including campaigns on carbon pricing and European energy policy. James also has a habit of climbing up mountains and regular visits to the European Alps provide a constant reminder of the rapid changes climate change is bringing to our natural environment.
Gavin is Director and Co-Founder of award-winning environmental charity Hubbub where he leads high profile environmental behaviour change campaigns such as Leeds By Example, Neat Streets, Square Mile Challenge, Community Calling, For Fish’s Sake, Plastic Fishing and Pumpkin Rescue. Previously Gavin was Senior Client Manager and Marketing Manager at environmental charity Global Action Plan.
Michael Holder is Deputy Editor at BusinessGreen, providing news, features, analysis and videos for the site. He is particularly interested in politics, clean tech innovation, green agriculture, and the transition away from fossil fuels.
Prior to joining BusinessGreen, Michael worked as a freelancer for the Press Association, NME and others before moving on to greener pastures at the Environment Media Group, where he worked for several years as a senior reporter and news editor covering waste, recycling and air pollution.
Originally from Milton Keynes, Michael is an NCTJ-qualified journalist with a degree in contemporary history from the University of Sussex.
Cecilia Keating is senior reporter at BusinessGreen, providing news, features and analysis for the site. She is interested in sustainable supply chains, renewables, and the decarbonisation of cities and transport.
Prior to joining the BusinessGreen team, Cecilia reported on municipal and provincial politics, clean energy, environment and mining for a number of outlets in Canada and the UK, including Solar Media, Canada's National Observer, Ricochet Media, Mining Magazine and CIM Magazine. She has scripted and researched podcasts for Harper’s Bazaar and The Globe and Mail, and worked for several years as an arts publicist.
She studied journalism at Concordia University in Montreal and English literature at the University of Bristol.
Chaitanya leads NEF’s work on the Green New Deal, just transition and other environmental programmes. He was previously Head of Climate and Energy Policy at Green Alliance in the UK and before that was based in New Delhi as South Asia campaigns leader for 350.org. He has an MSc in energy policy from the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University.
Libby Peake is head of resource policy at Green Alliance, an independent charity and think tank focused on achieving ambitious leadership for the environment. She works closely with other NGOs, academics and businesses to promote better use of resources throughout the economy. This includes managing the Circular Economy Task Force, a forum for business thinking on resource efficient policies. Much of her current research is focused on driving the right innovations and infrastructure to encourage both reductions in energy use and improvements in resource use. Her recent reports include Less in, more out: using resource efficiency to cut carbon and benefit the environment, Building a circular economy: how a new approach to infrastructure can put an end to waste, Plastic promises: what the grocery sector is really doing about packaging and Balancing the energy equations: three steps to cutting UK demand. She is an expert and trusted commentator on topics including: plastic; ecodesign; chemicals regulation; resource efficiency; and recycling.
Charlotte is a principal in Boston Consulting Group’s Total Societal Impact practice with expertise in climate, environment and sustainability strategy across the private sector, NGOs and government. She has been with the firm for six years and her extensive experience includes helping businesses review their supply chains and assets to support long-term business continuity and sustainability, as well as the development of stakeholder engagement strategies.
Bas Sudmeijer is a Managing Director and Partner at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in its Energy, Environment and Climate practices. He has been with the firm for 14 years and advises energy companies and governments on energy transition and decarbonisation topics. Bas leads BCG’s social impact activities in the United Kingdom, alongside the firm's work on carbon capture and storage globally.
Kate is Group Director of Sustainability at OVO. In her role, she developed OVO's first sustainability strategy ‘Plan Zero’, which sets out ambitious aims and targets to reach net zero in 2030. She has more than 15 years of experience in strategic sustainability and climate change as a consultant, manager and lawyer.
Kate joined OVO from Irbaris LLP, an international sustainability advisory firm, where she worked with clients to help them grow and maintain competitive advantage in a resource-constrained economy. Kate worked with partners to develop new companies in electric vehicles (Tevva Motors), distributed energy (Africa Power), and agriculture (ImpactAgri). Kate previously worked in the legal department of WWF UK and set up and managed the Legal Response Initiative, a charity providing free legal advice to developing countries in relation to the UN Climate Change negotiations. Prior to that, Kate practised environmental law for five years at Slaughter and May LLP.
Kate graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Natural Sciences and from Imperial College with an MSc in Environmental Technology; she has a Postgraduate Diploma in Law and is a qualified solicitor. She is a Trustee of the OVO Foundation and was shortlisted as ‘Sustainability Leader of the Year 2019” in nationwide awards.